Bomb scare shuts down Maastricht Airport

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4 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A bomb scare shut down air traffic to and from Maastricht Aachen Airport on Monday morning, but no explosives were found.

4 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — A bomb scare shut down air traffic to and from Maastricht Aachen Airport on Monday morning, but no explosives were found.

Beek Municipal Council said air traffic has since returned to a normal schedule, but the airport remains on high alert.

A phone call was received at 1am warning authorities a bomb had been planted at the airport. The threat was taken seriously and all flights were cancelled.

Local Police and the military police searched the airport, but no trace of explosives was found. The airport was reopened at 8am on Monday.

The bomb scare disrupted two flights, forcing an incoming Royal Jordanian Airlines flight to be divert to Luik in Belgium. 

And the first morning flight, a KLM flight to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, was cancelled and passengers were transported by bus.

All flights on Monday were arriving and departing as per schedule.

Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a British Airways flight to Schiphol Airport on Thursday after a caller to a German teleiviosn station claimed there was a bomb onboard.

Military police later gave the all clear and the plane continued empty onto London later that night. 

The 118 passengers of flight 983 from Berlin were earlier flown to Heathrow Airport on a relief plane six hours after the unscheduled landing at Schiphol.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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